The bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend is likely one of the only current technological movements inciting as much excited industry discussion as enterprise cloud computing. It's safe to say that as many business users are readily embracing BYOD, organizations are much less divided as to its value, especially in current security and policy iterations. Smart business leaders can can cut down on the problems of increased BYOD with enterprise-class cloud computing solutions, linking two tech revolutions to drive their business into 21st century success.
By pretty much all accounts, BYOD is here to stay, and it's quickly making itself at home. IT security analysts Webroot recently released a report on the state of enterprise BYOD. They reported that there will be 3.3 devices per employee by 2014. Some companies are greeting BYOD with open arms (and more stringent policies), but the report found that 79 percent of companies that have no BYOD policy know that some personnel are using their own devices anyway. This can pose a serious risk to critical business data and pose numerous problems for IT personnel to refashion security strategies to effectively contend with growing gaps.
Enterprise clouds, however, offer the sort of data protection and scalable, reinforced IT solutions that can contend with device expansion. Wired contributor Andrew Wild wrote that enterprise IaaS clouds offer the least resource-heavy and most cost-effective solution for data storage in the BYOD era. Keeping data in the cloud, rather than on devices, makes it much harder for unauthorized users to gain access. The examples he cited included preventing downloading of email attachments on employee devices that could be forwarded to an address outside the company, and restricting rights to observe and edit data from a non-company device. As internet access everywhere increases, it will become increasingly unnecessary for employees to gain offline access to data, so the company can store it in the cloud for restricted network access and keep it contained.